By Darron Wallace, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — A new sustainability based project has started in DeWitt. RER Energy Group has connected with the Onondaga Environmental Institute to construct a five million dollar solar farm which is expected to be finished by the fall.
The farm will be constructed in what was previously a landfill near Cedar Bay Park. Mike Roach, Central New York Solar Project Developer for RER Energy Group, says that construction is expected to begin within the next two weeks.
Roach credits DeWitt for being at the forefront of clean energy and sustainability efforts. “The town back in 2014 adopted a sustainability plan that envisioned a number of activities they could undertake to increase their sustainability… They’ve done a number of other things.
Not only is DeWitt continuing its clean energy efforts, but with this solar farm, the town is expected to save 75-thousand-dollars annually.
Roach says this project is an example of the town putting the landfill to its best economic use.
More solar projects for the town could be on the way. “We are at a unique point and time. For many years people have understood that renewable energy and solar energy is the right thing to do, but the economics did not always make sense… no pun intended but the future looks bright for solar energy.”
The project is expected to be finished by the fall. The town of DeWitt continues to make more strides towards clean energy.